Cain names endorsement date, handicaps race
January 6th, 2012
06:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Cain names endorsement date, handicaps race

(CNN) - Herman Cain said Friday he would publicly endorse in the presidential campaign two days before South Carolina's first-in-the-South primary.

The one-time presidential hopeful said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer" that he has "no regrets" about dropping from the field and would name his "unconventional" endorsement on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference.

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"Now, please underscore unconventional because I've been an unconventional candidate, I've had bold ideas," he said, adding he expected voters would think it "creative."

Cain may have offered some insight when asked by Blitzer to offer thoughts on each of his one-time rivals.

Asked about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Cain had only positive things to say: "Obviously, he's very seasoned, good in the debate situation, and I think he would be a good president."

But for the others, he had a mix of praise, and critique.

"The guy with the most creative ideas for addressing our problems, but you not only have to have great ideas to how we address our problem, but you've also got to project the leadership necessary in order to get them done," he said of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

He said Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum are not "ready for prime time," though Perry is a "good governor" and Santorum is "a solid politician."

Texas Rep. Ron Paul goes beyond "bold" and is "extreme," he said, and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman is not "getting any traction with the voters."

The former Godfather's Pizza executive dropped his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in early December after battling allegations of past sexual harassment. He announced earlier this week a bus tour promoting his 9-9-9 tax plan, a cornerstone of his campaign platform.

The South Carolina primary is Saturday January 21.

CNN's Kevin Liptak and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.

Also see:

Huntsman hits Romney ahead of N.H. primary

Boston Globe backs Huntsman

FIRST ON CNN: Santorum to make large ad buy in South Carolina

Santorum tangles with Gingrich, same-sex marriage supporters

McCain courting former South Carolina backers for Romney

Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • South Carolina
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Go away, Herman. You're irrelevant.

    January 6, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Breaking News: Two Days Before SC Primary
    Drum roll, please. Herman Cain announces that he endorses anyone who would name him Defense Secretary, but he will settle for Treasury Secretary.

    Get ready folks. Herman Cain has bought himself a big bus complete with a giant face, signature and "9-9-9" on the side of it. He appears ready to launch himself on fool crusade. I think it is just another round of his book tour in diguise.

    January 6, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  3. Indy

    My guess is he will endorse the letter R for President and for VP he will endorse the number 9, Cain is just another goofy TV character

    January 6, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. ted

    He will endorse himself with Palin as VP and Bachmann as chief of staff.

    January 6, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Thanks for the warning. I'll make sure I don't slip and somehow stop ignoring him on that date.

    January 6, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. JDinTexas

    I think he will endorse that hot blonde he met in an elevator last week in Chicago.

    January 6, 2012 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. Bill

    I wonder who will be the lucky receipient of this distinguished and highly sought after endorsement?

    January 6, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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